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Britten-Pears Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall — eloquent melancholy and duck calls

    Britten-Pears Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall — eloquent melancholy and duck calls

Another month, another Turnage premiere. At a time when some composers seem reluctant to put pen to paper, Mark-Anthony Turnage is a powerhouse of activity. These are not small pieces

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Neruda — magic realism

    Neruda — magic realism

Pablo Larraín’s Neruda starts as political cabaret, turns into dark fairytale, ends as a kind of destiny waltz. Listen to all that kitschy three-time music. The rhythms get into your

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Matches’ makers: the British luxury fashion retailer announces record results

    Matches’ makers: the British luxury fashion retailer announces record results

Matchesfashion.com, the British multibrand boutique founded by husband and wife Tom and Ruth Chapman in 1987, is marking its 30th year in business with an announcement. The company has released

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Tina the Cheddar-turning robot – and a cheese revolution

    Tina the Cheddar-turning robot – and a cheese revolution

It is a cold February afternoon and I am watching wheels of cheese the size of small footstools being turned and gently brushed by the world’s first and only cheddar-turning

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Gina Miller, the woman who took Brexit to court

    Gina Miller, the woman who took Brexit to court

© James Ferguson Towards the end of our lunch, Gina Miller tells me about the time she took her children parachuting during a family holiday. “We went to South Africa

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Glass: Piano works

    Glass: Piano works

Glass Piano works Víkingur Ólafsson (DG) When Philip Glass came with a group of young pianists to play his Etudes at the Barbican two years ago the outstanding performer was

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Spring’s It bag: the Birkin basket

  Spring’s It bag: the Birkin basket

Jane Birkin is rarely seen without one. Alexa Chung carries her essentials in a miniature Chanel version. But what is

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My addresses: poet Adam O’Riordan on Manchester

  My addresses: poet Adam O’Riordan on Manchester

The bar at The Refuge (above), in the grand Principal Hotel on Oxford Street, is where the city’s many tribes

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Sullivan: Songs

  Sullivan: Songs

Sullivan Songs Bevan, Johnson and Riches (Chandos) Away from the Savoy operettas Arthur Sullivan, the musical half of the Gilbert

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DVD: Swiss Army Man — ‘tries hard to be profound’

  DVD: Swiss Army Man — ‘tries hard to be profound’

Directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, 2016 Lionsgate Paul Dano is a suicidal castaway; Daniel Radcliffe is a corpse

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The greatest rock show on earth

  The greatest rock show on earth

Every year, in the Arizona desert town of Tucson, the planet’s natural treasures are set out for the delectation of

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Jonathan Meades on culinary plagiarism

  Jonathan Meades on culinary plagiarism

The Plagiarist in the Kitchen — couldn’t that title be applied to countless cookbooks? JM It could. But it isn’t.

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Petrol threads: how fast cars influence fashion

  Petrol threads: how fast cars influence fashion

Ever since the first Curved Dash Oldsmobile rolled off a Detroit production line in 1901, car culture and fashion have

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Yorkston Thorne Khan: Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars

  Yorkston Thorne Khan: Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars

Yorkston Thorne Khan Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars (Domino) James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan make much of the

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